The Scottish Referendum: What's next?
Written in the wake of the independence referendum with its landmark turnout of voters, the personal thoughts and experiences of Compendium expert Andrew Ormston provide us with a first-hand impression of the campaign and what it could mean for cultural policies in Scotland. According to him, there are signs that cultural actors in the (now still) north of the UK may be more attracted by ideas and solutions of close-by Nordic countries than by those postulated in the halls of Westminster….
The Assembly will be held on 4-5 December at the "Académie Royale de Belgique" in Brussels in the framework of the Belgian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
As was the case during the last Assembly (Vienna 2013), the Brussels event (see Agenda) will continue contributing to the follow-up to the Ministerial Conference on Culture (Moscow, April 2013) and also examine latest project developments and possible improvements. It is anticipated that the Assembly and Public Forum will bring together up to 100 specialists in culture from all over Europe.
The subjects for discussion will include the Compendium’s role as a key tool for the follow-up activities on culture and democracy, including a presentation of a related new compendium space, as well as a look at the Compendium as an international source of policy concepts. Participants will be presented the work carried out in 2014 on the Council of Europe draft indicator framework on culture and democracy, and be invited to discuss recent indicator works by the Boekman Foundation and the European Cultural Foundation.
In the framework of the Council of Europe 's CultureWatchEurope initiative a Public Forum on "Culture and Democracy" will be held for cultural policy-makers, researchers and practitioners on 5 December, with case studies from Asia and Belgium. In addition to Compendium Experts, interested CDCPP members/ governmental representatives are welcome to attend the Brussels event and contribute to the deliberations in their capacity as cultural policy makers. A wider community of practitioners and stakeholders, including from the Belgian cultural sector, is invited to participate in the Public Forum on 5 December, from 1.30 pm to 5.00 pm.
Introducing new elements in the THEMES section
Since the start of the Compendium project over 15 years ago, topics like cultural access and participation for different groups of the population or multi-stakeholder governance issues were seen as important themes to be dealt with on this information and monitoring platform. Until a few years, related information and data could be found mainly in various sub-sections of individual Compendium country profiles as well as in a number of comparative / statistical tables.
However, since issues such as socio-economic impacts, democratic participation, decentralisation or digitisation in the domain of culture recently gained momentum in the European political discourse where e.g. civil society access is now seen as an essential factor of democratic governance, including in social inclusion policies and as a means to foster intercultural dialogue, the Editors decided to further underline the transversal character of the Compendium in an enhanced THEMES section. At the same time, the now 10 different transversal THEMES are to contribute to the follow-up activities of the last Ministerial Conference on Culture (Moscow, April 2013).
Together with important background and research documents and links to the country profiles, the extended information provided in this section can assist governments, NGOs and other Compendium users in their efforts to start monitoring and comparing cultural policies and related measures, including those aiming at improving access to arts, media and heritage activities or enhancing democratic governance processes.
The ICC Index - with a focus on the intercultural integration of migrants and minorities - attempts to assess and compare the current status and performance of now 58 cities (with more to come in the near future).
Cities of Bilbao, Limassol, Mexico City and Zurich were reindexed in 2013 and the cities of Coimbra and Hamburg were recently added to the ICC Index!
The ICC Index aims to start needed debates by highlighting a few facts and processes which suggest the level of interculturality of a city.
Compare different cities and indicators at ICC Charts
The cultural policy profiles of Austria, Germany and Liechtenstein are now also accessible in German language, those of France and Monaco in French language!
Cyprus as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina plan to deliver their first national cultural policy profiles soon. As well, preparations for new profiles are to start in Belarus and Luxembourg.
The number of country profiles will then grow to 46!
Presents integrated information on cross-cutting, transversal issues of priority to cultural policy makers and analysts (with more to follow in 2014):
Updated comparative tables and graphs on population, participation, markets, employment, public funding
Updated comparative tables on cultural policy governance and other issues.
Compilation of articles on comparative methodologies and the links between research and policy development
Publish your work in this space by submitting your articles for review!
The Compendium Community is engaged in a number of exercises to monitor the implementation of:
The Compendium is recognised as a key instrument of the Council of Europe's CultureWatchEurope governance initiative.